Chilean Miner Completes His First Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 8, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM UTC
Edison Pena completed the NYC Marathon on Sunday. Photo:

Edison Pena completed the NYC Marathon on Sunday. Photo:

Cameras followed Edison Pena every step of the way.

Less than a month after being rescued from the San Jose mine, where he and 33 others were trapped in for 69 days, freed Chilean miner Edison Pena ran through searing knee pain for 26.2 miles.

“I’m here, because I want people to feel free,” Pena said through a translator afterwards. “I want them to strive for their own freedom. That’s why it was worthwhile for me to come this far to run a marathon.”

Pena had been nicknamed “The Runner” by his colleagues, because he ran several miles a day in the trapped mine which was 2,300 feet below the surface.

A big smile on his face and a Chilean flag draped around him, Pena pumped his fist and waved to the crowd as he crossed the finish line. His time was 5:50.

For More: Eurosport

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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